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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
GREASE will be the word at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar on Thursday night.
For you’d better shape up to sing along to the great movie musical, complete with on-screen lyrics, and the chance to become a T-Bird or Pink Lady for the night by entering a fancy dress competition.
It’s the one that you want, says producer Ben Freedman, who previously brought the world Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-Long-a Abba.
“Sing-a-Long-a Grease is the show that audiences have been asking for since we first presented a Sing-a-Long show back in 1999,” said Freedman.
Now, Summer Loving, Greased Lightning and the chance to sport a pink wig or greased quiff while belting out You’re The One That I Want is coming to Potters Bar.
“Sing-a-Long-a Grease is much more than ‘just a film’,” said Freedman.
“It’s an event, an interactive experience and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”
Every performance starts with a sing-a-long-a host who warms up the audience, trains them how to ‘hand-jive’, deploy the contents of their free goodie bags and heckle in all the right places.
Valentine’s Day marked the 40th anniversary of the stage musical Grease, which premiered at the Off-Broadway Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan, before transferring to Broadway in June, 1972.
The 1972 show, about two lovers in a 1950s US high school, was based on an earlier, grittier “play with incidental music” called Grease Lightning, first staged in Chicago the previous year.
In 1978 it spawned into a movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
The movie was a huge hit on its first release.
Twenty-five years later it was voted the greatest musical ever in a 2003 poll conducted for Channel 4’s show on the 100 Greatest Musicals.